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The 65th Miss Universe 2016 In Pasay Metro Manila Philippines

Posted last January 30, 2017, 1:26 am in Events report article

Miss Universe 2016, will be the 65th Miss Universe pageant. It will be held on January 30, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines. Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines will crown her successor at the end of the event. This will be the second time in the history of the competition that the pageant will skip the entire year, following the 2014 pageant which was held in January 2015.


Results of Miss Universe 2016 


Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 2016
1st Runner-up
  •  Haiti – Raquel Pélissier
2nd Runner-up
Top 6
Top 9
Top 13

§ Voted into the Top 13 by viewers.

Special Awards

Best National Costume  Myanmar – Htet Htet Htun
Miss Congeniality  
Miss Photogenic  


Miss Flawless of the Universe  Venezuela  Mariam Habach[7]
Miss Phoenix Elegant  Venezuela  Mariam Habach[8]
Miss Phoenix Jewel  Philippines  Maxine Medina[9]
Miss Phoenix Smile  Indonesia  Kezia Warouw[10]




Main article: Organization of Miss Universe 2016
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach on a courtesy call with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. The two had talks regarding the possibility of hosting Miss Universe 2016 in the Philippines.

On July 18, 2016, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach made a courtesy call with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in regards to hosting Miss Universe 2016 in the Philippines.[11]

On July 28, 2016, the country's Department of Tourism (DOT) has unilaterally declared that the Philippines will host the Miss Universe 2016 pageant[12] but it was only on November 3, 2016 that the Miss Universe Organization (MOU) officially announced the country as host of the pageant.[13][14]

The pageant is being organized by the LCS Group of Companies, the DOT and the MOU.

Main venue

The Mall of Asia Arena, the venue of the coronation night of Miss Universe 2016.

In September 2016, the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay was announced to be the main coronation venue of the pageant according to the Philippine Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo.[15] The Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan was the other venue considered by the Department of Tourism as the main coronation venue of the pageant, but the Miss Universe Organization disapproved of the venue due to "security reasons".[16][17]


A reality-documentary television program entitled Journey to the Crown: A Celebration of Beauty was shown on ETC on November 6, 2016 in the Philippines as part of marketing of the pageant.[14]

Kick-off event

Conrad Manila, the venue of the kick-off event

A kick-off party was hosted on December 9, 2016 at Conrad Manila, a hotel in Pasay, marking the beginning of the pageant.[18][19]

12 contestants from Asia Pacific were in attendance for the event. They were:[18]

Ancillary and other events

Alongside with the main pageant, ancillary events will be held which has no effect on the contestants' total pageant score. The contestants are scheduled to participate in fashion shows in Davao, Cebu, and Vigan. Each venue will have a theme; Mindanao fabric for Davao, beachwear for Cebu, and terno for Vigan. The contestants will partake in a different event in Bicol.[20]

On December 13, 2016, some of the pageant's candidates had a photoshoot with whale sharks in Oslob, Cebu. This activity was criticized by Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Marine Wildlife Watch, and other wildlife conservationist groups in the Philippines who discourage human interaction with the whale sharks, as they are considered endangered species.[21] The Department of Tourism (DOT) said that there were only five candidates present and the activity was an occular inspection. Following criticisms, the DOT is considering to do the whale watching activity for the final show in Donsol, Sorsogon instead.[22]

On December 14, 2016, the DOT cancelled the fashion show originally scheduled on January 19, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City to prevent further "controversy" following the claim of local-based designers led by the Davao Fashion and Design Council Foundation, Inc. (DFDCFI) that they have been "brushed off" by the pageant organizers. The group claimed that they were never consulted and questioned why they were asked to dress up local models instead of being in charge of pre-show cocktail of the main event which is tasked to non-Mindanaoan designer, Renee Salud. Following the cancellation announcement, the DFDCFI said that they respect the decision but urged the organizers that Davao City to remain as one of the places to be visited by the candidates.[23] On December 22, 2016, it was announced that the fashion show will push through after Salud and the DFDCFI cleared their misunderstandings and decided to help each other.[24]

Preliminary Competition

At the Mall of Asia Arena, all 86 contestants competed in swimwear and evening gown in front of a panel of preliminary judges. The scores from the night's event along with an interview portion determine the Top 13 during the Miss Universe broadcast. The Preliminary Competition was hosted by Pia Wurtzbach and Filipino-British actor Derek Ramsay.

Coronation night

The pageant program was initially announced to start at 5 a.m. (UTC+08:00) but it was later announced that the program will run from 8 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.[25]

Solar Entertainment, one of the pageant's partners, was tasked to provide broadcast coverage of the competition in the Philippines.[26] In December 2016, TV5,[27]GMA Network[28] and ABS-CBN[29] secured rights to air live coverage of the pageant. Earlier in November its was reported that "all local networks" including GMA Network and TV5 will broadcast the pageant upon the request of President Rodrigo Duterte.[25]

Additionally, TV5 has exclusive rights to air the preliminary event[30] as well as exclusive Philippine digital rights. TV5 will post behind the scenes content on their online TV5 studio[31]

The 13 women will be selected from the contestants as semifinalists. Following the evening gown competition, six out of twelve contestants will advance to the question and answer round where each contestant will be given a question to answer by the jury. The three finalist will be made known before announcing the Miss Universe 2016 and the runner ups.[32]


In January 2017, the Miss Universe Organization and FOX confirmed that American entertainers Flo Rida and Boyz II Men will be the musical performers at the pageant.[33][34]


Steve Harvey will return as host this year.

American presenter Steve Harvey has a five year contract with the Miss Universe Organization for hosting the Miss Universe pageant. In contrast, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed hesitation on Harvey hosting the event due to Harvey announcing the wrong winner at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant. In response, Philippine Department of Tourism head, Secretary Wanda Teo proposed the idea of having a Filipino woman co-host the event to neutralize the president's displeasure.[35] On November 3, 2016, Harvey was confirmed to return as host.[14]

American model Ashley Graham will serve as the backstage host.[36][37]



Preliminary competition

Final telecast




86 delegates have been confirmed.[41] Age, height, and hometown are as listed on the Miss Universe 2016 official website. Note that listed hometown may not be necessarily the candidates' birthplace.



Albania Albania Lindita Idrizi 20 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Elbasan
Angola Angola Luísa Baptista 21 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Cuando Cubango
Argentina Argentina Estefanía Bernal 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Buenos Aires
Aruba Aruba Charlene Leslie 24 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Oranjestad
Australia Australia Caris Tiivel 23 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Perth
Austria Austria Dajana Dzinic 21 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Vienna
The Bahamas Bahamas Cherell Williamson 24 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) Nassau
Barbados Barbados Shannon Harris 22 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Bridgetown
Belgium Belgium Stephanie Geldhof[replacements 1] 19 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Aalst
Belize Belize Rebecca Rath 23 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Dangriga
Bolivia Bolivia Antonella Moscatelli[replacements 2] 21 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Santa Cruz
Brazil Brazil Raissa Santana 21 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Itaberaba
British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands Erika Creque 22 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) Road Town
Bulgaria Bulgaria Violina Ancheva 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Sofia
Canada Canada Siera Bearchell 23 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Moose Jaw
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands Monyque Brooks 25 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) West Bay
Chile Chile Catalina Cáceres 26 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Santiago
China China Li Zhenying 23 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Shanghai
Colombia Colombia Andrea Tovar 23 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Quibdó
Costa Rica Costa Rica Carolina Rodríguez 27 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Alajuela
Croatia Croatia Barbara Filipović 19 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Zagreb
Curaçao Curaçao Chanelle de Lau 21 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Willemstad
Czech Republic Czech Republic Andrea BezdÄ›ková 21 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Prague
Denmark Denmark Christina Mikkelsen 24 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Copenhagen
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Rosalba Garcías 24 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Maimón
Ecuador Ecuador Connie Jiménez 21 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Ventanas
Finland Finland Shirly Karvinen 24 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Helsinki
France France Iris Mittenaere 23 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Paris
Georgia (country) Georgia Nuka Karalashvili 25 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Tbilisi
Germany Germany Johanna Acs 24 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Eschweiler
United Kingdom Great Britain Jaime-Lee Faulkner 27 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Sheffield
Guam Guam Muñeka Taisipic 19 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) Yona
Guatemala Guatemala Virginia Argueta 22 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Jutiapa
Guyana Guyana Soyini Fraser 26 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Georgetown
Haiti Haiti Raquel Pélissier 24 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Port-au-Prince
Honduras Honduras Sirey Moran 26 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) El Progreso
Hungary Hungary Veronika Bodizs 24 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Budapest
Iceland Iceland Hildur María Leifsdóttir 24 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) Kópavogur
India India Roshmitha Harimurthy 22 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Bangalore
Indonesia Indonesia Kezia Warouw 25 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) Jakarta
Israel Israel Yam Kaspers Anshel 18 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Herzliya
Italy Italy Sophia Sergio 24 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Naples
Jamaica Jamaica Isabel Dalley 20 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) Montego Bay
Japan Japan Sari Nakazawa 23 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Shiga
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Darina Kulsitova[replacements 3] 19 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) Semey
Kenya Kenya Mary Esther Were 27 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Nairobi
South Korea Korea Jenny Kim[replacements 4] 23 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Seoul
Kosovo Kosovo Camila Barraza 23 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Pristina
Malaysia Malaysia Kiran Jassal 20 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Subang Jaya
Malta Malta Martha Fenech 26 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) St. Julian's
Mauritius Mauritius Kushboo Ramnawaj[replacements 5] 26 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Rivière Du Poste
Mexico Mexico Kristal Silva 25 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Ciudad Victoria
Myanmar Myanmar Htet Htet Htun 24 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Yangon
Namibia Namibia Lizelle Esterhuizen 20 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) Windhoek
Netherlands Netherlands Zoey Ivory 23 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Almere
New Zealand New Zealand Tania Dawson 24 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) Auckland
Nicaragua Nicaragua Marina Jacoby 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Matagalpa
Nigeria Nigeria Unoaku Anyadike[designations 1] 22 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) Lagos
Norway Norway Christina Waage 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Nes
Panama Panama Keity Drennan[designations 2] 26 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Panama City
Paraguay Paraguay Andrea Melgarejo 22 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Villarrica
Peru Peru Valeria Piazza 26 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Lima
Philippines Philippines Maxine Medina 26 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Quezon City
Poland Poland Izabella Krzan 21 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Olsztyn
Portugal Portugal Flávia Brito 23 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Vilamoura
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Brenda Jiménez[replacements 6] 22 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Aguadilla
Romania Romania Teodora Dan[designations 3] 27 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Bucharest
Russia Russia Yuliana Korolkova[replacements 7] 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Orsk
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Hawa Kamara 26 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Freetown
Singapore Singapore Cheryl Chou 20 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) Singapore
Slovakia Slovak Republic Zuzana Kollárová 25 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Bratislava
Slovenia Slovenia Lucija PotoÄ�nik 25 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Maribor
South Africa South Africa Ntandoyenkosi Kunene 24 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Mkhondo
Spain Spain Noelia Freire 24 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Ciudad Real
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Jayathi De Silva 26 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Colombo
Sweden Sweden Ida Ovmar 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Luleå
Switzerland Switzerland Dijana Cvijetić[designations 4] 23 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Gossau
Tanzania Tanzania Jihan Dimachk 20 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Dar es Salaam
Thailand Thailand Chalita Suansane 22 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Samut Prakan
Turkey Turkey Tansu Sila Çakir 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Istanbul
Ukraine Ukraine Alena Spodynyuk 19 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Kiev
Uruguay Uruguay Magdalena Cohendet 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Artigas
United States USA Deshauna Barber 27 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Washington, D.C.
United States Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands Carolyn Carter[designations 5] 27 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Saint Croix
Venezuela Venezuela Mariam Habach 21 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) El Tocuyo
Vietnam Vietnam Ä�ặng Thị Lệ Hằng[designations 6] 23 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Ä�à Nẵng


Miss Universe 2016
Logo of Miss Universe 2016
Date January 30, 2017[a]
Venue Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines[4]
Entrants 86
Placements 13




The Miss Universe 2016 Pageant in the Philippines is a big bet or gamble by the country with a private sponsor spending up to $14 million dollars of their own money to support the event. Hopefully the event will pay off in terms of tourism influx as it did way back in 1994 when the Miss Universe Pageant boosted the country's tourism by 15.7% which however slowed to 11.8% in the next year.

With the growth of social media and the global access to the internet, the host country hopes that this will have a positive impact for tourists around the world to take notice of the Philippines. The Philippines is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia and along with that comes the growing pains. There is also the cleansing of society with the on-going drug wars and the battle to curb corruption that causes a drift among various socio-civic organizations in the country.

Still money talks in this grand endeavour! The event will not be as it is without the financial support of businessmen like former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson, Japanese casino owner Kazuo Okada and the Tieng family (Solar Entertainment).

So far the event has shown the beauty of the Philippines and the hospitality of the Filipinos to the world. It also shows the love and admiration of the Filipinos to the Miss Universe pageant as an event that magnifies the beauty, confidence, and strength of women all over the world. The characteristics and positive attitudes we need now more than ever at the time when the world can become divisive.